I wrote a post last month called Pick One, in which I talked about how hard I felt it was to prioritize the following three goals:
- Paying off my student loans and growing my net worth
- Living a full and fun life
- Contributing to my community
Last month feels like a really, really long time ago.
It was the summer of 1997, and I was looking for a job. I must confess that I did not particularly want to get a job, but I had been told that I needed to get one, so that was that.
Last month J. Money published a post on Budgets Are $exy that made me think a LOT. I wrote a longish comment at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make it into a full post.
So here we go. I’d be interested to know if you can relate to any of this.
Let’s talk about Ebenezer Scrooge, being that it’s December and all. I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve read A Christmas Carol (or watched the 1992 Muppet movie version of it, which by the way is fantastic), but Scrooge is actually a pretty complex guy. He experiences fear and regret and loneliness, just like anyone. He has memories of love—and of heartbreak. And most importantly, he courageously allows himself to undergo a deep and genuine transformation in a very short period of time, becoming a much kinder, more generous, and more caring person.